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Angels release former first-round pick Trevor Bell

Jul 27, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT


Trevor Bell logged 95 innings for the Angels between 2010 and 2011, posting a decent 4.25 ERA and 62/31 K/BB ratio, but the 2005 first-round pick fell apart at Triple-A this season and yesterday he was released.

Bell is still just 25 years old, so the fact that he cleared waivers without being claimed shows how far his stock has fallen in a short time. And rightfully so, as he made 10 starts at Triple-A with an 8.27 ERA, more walks (24) than strikeouts (19), and seven homers allowed in 37 innings.

He should have no trouble securing a minor-league contract somewhere, but will have to work his way back to the majors without a 40-man roster spot and there’s reason to wonder if Bell is healthy after some past shoulder problems.

  1. lew24 - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    I believe his grandfather was Bozo the clown.

    • jarathen - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      Pretty sure that’s actually true. Not sure why people are downvoting it.

      • lew24 - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

        I was living in LA when he got drafted and sports talk radio made a big deal about if I recall correctly.

  2. - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    See Royals, it can be done. DFA Luke Hochaver!

  3. uwsptke - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    “I’d like my team to sign him to a minor league deal to see if he can work things out.” said the fans of 29 other teams.

    • jarathen - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      Disappointed to see him go. Kept on hoping he’d crack the rotation, but he just never could get it together on a Major League-level. Best of luck to him.

  4. njbucsfan - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    The Rays will pick him up and he’ll log 50 saves in 2015.

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